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HAWKINS SHOOTING

NEW INFORMATION ABOUT A THURSDAY NIGHT SHOOTING IN HAWKINS COUNTY.  IT HAPPENED ON COBB ROAD IN SURGOINSVILLE—AND SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES FOUND A MAN WITH MULTIPLE GUNSHOT WOUNDS.  HE WAS TAKEN TO HOLSTON VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER IN KINGSPORT AND IS IN SERIOUS, BUT STABLE CONDITION.  TWO OTHER MEN INVOLVED IN THE SHOOTING WERE DETAINED AND AFTER BEING INTERVIEWED, BOTH HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM CUSTODY.  SHERIFF RONNIE LAWSON SAYS THERE’S NO ACTIVE THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY.  THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION IS HELPING WITH THE CASE.

MAN CHARGED WITH DRIVING ON THE SIDEWALK

ELIZABETHTON POLICE ARRESTED A MAN AFTER HE WAS SEEN DRIVING ON THE SIDEWALK IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.  POLICE SAW JACKY LOVELACE PULLING HIS MINIVAN ONTO THE SIDEWALK AT THE CORNER OF EAST ELK AVENUE AND RIVERSIDE DRIVE—WHILE PEOPLE WERE WALKING ON THE SIDEWALK AND SETTING UP TENTS FOR THE COVERED BRIDGE CELEBRATION.  THE VAN CONTINUED ALONG THE SIDEWALK TOWARD THE BRIDGE AND WENT AROUND A FLOWER BED IN THE PARK.  OFFICERS STOPPED LOVELACE, WHO SAID HE’D HAD TWO BEERS.  HE ALSO HAD THREE PREVIOUS DUI CHARGES.  LOVELACE FACES SEVERAL CHARGES AND WILL BE IN COURT JULY 5TH.

JCDA TO PURCHASE SEVIER CENTER

THE JOHNSON CITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FRIDAY APPROVED A $4.6-MILLION DOLLAR LOAN FROM HOME TRUST BANK TO BUY THE JOHN SEVIER CENTER.  THE BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN JOHNSON CITY CURRENTLY HOUSES ABOUT 160 LOWER INCOME RESIDENTS.  THE J-C-D-A HAD TO LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES TO PURCHASE THE BUILDING AFTER WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REJECTED ALLOWING THE USE OF TAX INCREMENT FINANCING MONIES.  J-C-D-A OFFICIALS ENVISION PURCHASING THE BUILDING WITH AN EYE TOWARD RE-DEVELOPMENT.

SCOTT FATAL

AN 81-YEAR OLD GATE CITY MAN IS DEAD AFTER A THURSDAY CRASH IN SCOTT COUNTY.  A NISSAN SUV WAS LEAVING A DRIVEWAY WHEN IT PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF A CHEVY TRUCK.  THE TRUCK TRIED TO AVOID THE NISSAN, BUT THE DRIVER WASN’T ABLE TO.  THE IMPACT SENT BOTH CARS ACROSS THE ROADWAY AND INTO A GUARDRAIL.  MILTON CLARK WAS DRIVING THE NISSAN AND WAS KILLED IN THE WRECK, WHICH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

MISSING MAN

KINGSPORT POLICE ARE ASKING FOR HELP IN LOCATING A MISSING MAN WHO COULD BE IN DANGER.  37-YEAR OLD IOAN T. MOCIRAN WAS LAST SEEN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF MYRTLE STREET AND EAST CENTER STREET EARLIER THURSDAY.  HE’S DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE WITH BROWN HAIR AND BROWN EYES.  HE’S ABOUT 6-FEET TALL, 230 POUNDS AND WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A BLACK SHIRT.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, CONTACT KINGSPORT POLICE.

DEFICIENCIES IN UNICOI PAYROLL

THE STATE COMPTROLLER HAS FOUND DEFICIENCIES IN THE TOWN OF UNICOI—AFTER A SERIES OF ALLEGATIONS.  A REPORT NOTED A LACK OF MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT THAT CONTRIBUTED TO PAYROLL DEFICIENCIES CONNECTED TO FORMER TOWN RECORDER MIKE HOUSEWRIGHT’S USE OF TOWN FUNDS TO PAY HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS—AND INCLUDING THE TOWN ATTORNEY IN THE STATE RETIREMENT PLAN.  MAYOR JOHNNY LYNCH SAID THE ISSUES HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED.

ELIZ CC—BUDGET-TAX HIKE

ELIZABETHTON CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THE 2020 BUDGET ON FIRST READING.  IT INCLUDES A 6-CENT PROPERTY TAX HIKE, AND CITY MANAGER DANIEL ESTES SAYS 4 CENTS OF THAT WILL GO TO REPLACE LOST STATE-SHARED REVENUE.  THE OTHER TWO PENNIES WILL GO FOR ADDITIONAL STREET PAVING.  THE BUDGET ALSO INCLUDES A $3-DOLLAR INCREASE IN THE MONTHLY SANITATION FEE.  THE BUDGET MUST BE APPROVED BY COUNCIL A SECOND TIME BEFORE JUNE 30TH.  THE NEW BUDGET YEAR STARTS JULY 1ST.

JC BUDGET-911 FUNDING

JOHNSON CITY COMMISSIONERS HAVE APPROVED ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY 911.  TO HELP THE AGENCY ATTRACT EMPLOYEES, THE 2020 BUDGET INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL $77-THOUSAND DOLLARS.   TO FUND THE INCREASE, THE CITY PLANS TO DECREASE THE MONEY BUDGETED FOR ROAD SALT.  WASHINGTON COUNTY IS ALSO PLANNING TO INCREASE ITS APPROPRIATION BY THE SAME AMOUNT.

WOMAN PLEADS

A WOMAN HAS PLEADED GUILTY AFTER POLICE FOUND HER MOTHER’S BODY COVERED WITH BLANKETS AND AIR FRESHENERS INSIDE A HOME.  IN BRISTOL VIRGINIA, JO-WHITNEY OUTLAND PLEADED GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR IMPROPER DISPOSAL OF A BODY.  HER MOTHER’S BODY WAS FOUND INSIDE A HOME ON PINE STREET IN FEBRUARY.  POLICE SAY THE BODY HAD POSSIBLY BEEN INSIDE THE HOME SINCE DECEMBER.  OUTLAND WAS SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN JAIL WHICH WAS SUSPENDED TO PROBATION.

DANGEROUS SUSPECT ARRESTED

A MAN WANTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES IN SCOTT COUNTY VIRGINIA HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN RUSSELL COUNTY.  FREDERICK WAYNE MARTIN WAS DEEMED ARMED AND DANGEROUS LAST WEEK AND WAS FOUND LIVING IN A TENT.  HE WAS ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT.